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Save the 285 bus route Hawkenbury to Tunbridge Wells town centre

We the undersigned petition the council to ensure that the 285 bus route is supported financially so that it can continue operating on weekdays. The current operator is ending the service in early April. This is the only bus route serving Hawkenbury and it provides an essential link with the town centre shops, schools and station.

The loss of the service will leave many elderly and disabled people with no access to their town centre for food shopping. They will have no means of connecting with bus services to Pembury Hospital or of getting to their GP surgery. Schoolchildren will be unable to get to school by public transport. Extra car traffic will be generated. It will have a devastating effect on many people. Whilst passenger numbers reduced during the pandemic, they are now recovering and it makes no sense to cut this essential service. The Government has stated that it wants to level up bus services outside London and the loss of the 285 is totally at odds with this strategy.

This ePetition ran from 02/03/2022 to 09/05/2022 and has now finished.

1193 people signed this ePetition.